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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #630 on: July 23, 2009, 07:13:50 pm »
Do you want to upgrade those components you mentioned or was that just wishful thinking? :)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #631 on: July 23, 2009, 07:16:44 pm »
I do. I only have a 1.8 core 2 duo. I got 2gigs of ram no complaint there could use more but I only have 2 slots for ddr2. My power supply is only a 450w. Its just with motherboards you just got to watch what you buy to make sure everything is compatible. Its mostly the rams fault.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #632 on: July 23, 2009, 07:26:30 pm »
Can you handle it yourself or do you need a hand?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #633 on: July 23, 2009, 07:28:03 pm »
I built my rig myself. I'm good.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #634 on: August 01, 2009, 01:55:59 am »
The second card has double the memory clock speed if these data sheets are to be believed. That means that the Video RAM is better and would account for the added cost; however, looking at the third, I see that the clock speed is 1998MHz (the first card had a clock speed of 998MHz and the second a speed of 2000MHz) so I sort of suspect that there may be a typo on the page for the first card.

Either way, I'd get the third card. It's very nice! :)

Actually, all three cards have very similar specifications, they are very close to GTX 295 reference model from nVidia. Usually, the only thing distinguishing different manufacturers of the same card are they post sales support, warranties, design, etc.

The apparent difference in memory clock speed stems from the issue of 'physical' and 'effective' memory speeds. I cant remember why exactly, but on the 200 series and some other lines of cards, the 'effective' speed is always 2x the 'physical' speed.

Sometimes retailers give the effective speed and some give the physical speed, but the actual physical memory clock will be very similar between brands.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #635 on: October 12, 2009, 11:50:06 am »
I guess I should put this here.. >_>


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Does anyone know of a good laptop, for at most 676 US (including tax in that 676) that can run HoI3 and L4D2?

Code: (Hearts of Iron 3) [Select]
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+ (quad core)
Memory: 2 GB of RAM
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 videocard
Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
DirectX®: Direct X 9.0

Code: (Left for Dead 2) [Select]
Minimum:

Supported OS: Windows® 7 / Vista / Vista64 / XP
Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better
Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card


Recommended:
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Supported OS: Windows® 7 / Vista / Vista64 / XP
Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with Shader model 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

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IF you know of any deals on the 29th, or further on from that, then that would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #636 on: October 12, 2009, 05:13:04 pm »
I'm looking at the Dell Studio 15 laptop. It seems like it will get the job done. Look at the cheapest model, it is $599 USD. I threw in an upgraded video card (which you will need) and the final price came to $674 USD.

You can also try fussing around with any major manufacturer's website. They all have laptop builders and you can compare and contrast specs. It may be easier for you to build what you think you need and then come back here and show us your results.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #637 on: October 29, 2009, 06:52:19 am »
Doing some quick upgrades to get extra juice out of my computer.

Going from a GeForce 8800GTS to two Radeon HD 5770s. It'll be my first experience with ATI but I'm excited! The best part is that these cards are way better than my current card AND they're a bargain DX11 card at about $150 a piece. Also going to take advantage of Newegg's monitor deal and get an Acer H213H. Finally, I'm getting a new case because I really need one. Anyway, hooray! I love the smell of new computer parts in the morning. :)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #638 on: October 29, 2009, 11:58:16 am »
Hey Pat, I got one for ya.
What about buying a windows home server?

I'm currently trying out the 30 trial on an old machine, but I think I want a faster dedicated box (the current one is a P4).

I'm looking for something cheap. Multiple hard drives would be nice since it can do RAID, but the size of the drives doesn't really matter.
Needs to come with Windows Home Server (duh)

Let me know if you find anything  :)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #639 on: October 29, 2009, 12:23:22 pm »
This might have changed, but normally you cannot buy Windows Home Server as a stand alone product unless you have a friend at Microsoft that can buy a copy for you. Sure, you can test it, but they want you to buy a complete macine instead. This might have changed, but I couldn't find it just now.

(which reminds me I need to set mine up one of these days)

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #641 on: November 16, 2009, 03:17:46 pm »
I need help deciding on a graphics processor. And I need some input on what are the advantages and consequences of either. Which would be the better choice? a GeForce GT 240 or a GeForce 9400 GT?

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #642 on: November 16, 2009, 03:33:55 pm »
I'd go with the GT 240. From the benchmarks I looked at, it can keep pace with the 9600GT which is a step up from your alternate choice. Also, there are two flavors of the GT 240, GDDR-3 and a GDDR-5. Get the GDDR-5 model if you can afford it. The card won't kill all comers but it will do what you need.

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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #643 on: November 16, 2009, 10:39:18 pm »
Wow, Check this out:

Mini NAS

What do you think? Yes, I know, it doesn't have a 1000/100 NIC, but my network isn't set up for that anyway.

Right now, I'm using an old computer (with IDE drives  ::) ) as my FreeNAS server.
I wish I could get some screen shots of this NAS's OS (I don't even know what it is!). I'm guessing it's not as robust as freeNAS.

I dunno, it looks like I have to buy a drive for it too, which about doubles the cost.

Any ideas? If I do get it, I'm going to buy the drive off newegg.

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I downloaded the user manual. Looks like it's there own proprietary OS. It seams to do a lot though, hmmm.
The only thing I'm not sure about it subscribing to BT RSS feeds (for Top Gear) so I don't have to go looking for it.
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Re: Advice on buying or building a PC or Laptop
« Reply #644 on: November 17, 2009, 09:58:06 am »
I dunno... it just seems like another piece of technology that you don't really need that may or may not work right.